SPIEF 2019 publishes its extended business programme



SPIEF 2019 publishes its extended business programme

SPIEF 2019 publishes its extended business programme

The business programme of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum with the sessions brief descriptions, has been posted on the Forum’s official website. The Forum is scheduled for 6–8 June 2019 and its key topic is ‘Creating a Sustainable Development Agenda’. 

The programme of the Forum consists of four thematic blocks: ‘The Global Economy in Search of a Balance’, ‘The Russian Economy: Achieving National Development Goals’, ‘Technologies Shaping the Future’, and ‘People First’.

“The Forum programme is based on a thorough analysis of current trends in the development of all sectors of the global economy. Thanks to the work of experts, scholars, professional and public associations, the discussions under the SPIEF business programme annually become the key to resolving the most crucial problems of global development. The conclusions drawn from the Forum’s discussions encourage business and government to take the decisions needed for achieving sustainable development goals”, said Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation. 

The ‘The Global Economy in Search of a Balance’ track features sessions on the most topical issues of global macroeconomic development, including changes in the structure of the world economy and trade in the era of digitalization, competition and regulation on the consumer market, balance of commercial goals and the objectives of sustainable development in business. Several sessions will be devoted to the impact of climate change on the development of today’s world, conservation of the world ocean and ecotourism.

The ‘The Russian Economy: Achieving National Development Goals’ pillar will focus on ways to stimulate economic growth as a basis for achieving national development goals. The sessions will look at topics such as attracting investment into national projects, the quality of the investment environment, protection of investors' rights and promotion of high-tech Russian exports. Special attention will be paid to regional development, with the agenda including such issues as digital development of the regions, rating of investment attractiveness, specialization of the regions in the innovation sector of the economy, as well as competitiveness of Russian education, immigration policy, public health architecture, and reform of the solid waste management industry. 

Sessions within the ‘Technologies Shaping the Future’ track will concentrate on the opportunities and challenges implied by the development of technology and digital transformation of the economy. Development of artificial intelligence and cyberthreats, digitalization of certain sectors of the economy, as well as international cooperation in science, will be discussed.

The ‘People First’ pillar will host sessions on the role of education and staff training for the economy of the future, the importance of social communication for sustainable development goals, equality of opportunity in the era of the digital economy and use of technology for transforming health and other areas of human life.

In addition, a number of country business dialogues will be held to discuss bilateral economic cooperation between Russian business representatives and participants from Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Sweden and African nations. The agenda also includes the EAEU–ASEAN business dialogues and events dedicated to Russian-European cooperation and innovative cooperation within the CIS countries. Among other things, the SPIEF programme involves business breakfasts for the banking sector and pharmaceutical companies, and an IT breakfast.

The B20 Regional Consultation Forum, the Russian-Chinese Energy Business Forum, the World Energy Council session, the Valdai Club session, the International Youth Economic Forum, the SCO Conference, the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Forum, and the BRICS Conference will also make up part of the Forum. 

The full version of the SPIEF 2019 programme is available on the Forum’s official website.

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